This mask was carved in the style of the Dan people of Ivory Coast. The mask has an elaborately decorated beard with vegetable fiber, metal bells and beads. He has metal plating around the eyes and teeth made of shells. The mask measures 10 inches tall and weighs half a pound. There is some minor damage to the back of the mask; cracking, scuffing and wear and tear – please inspect photos. Stand not included but one can be added for an additional charge.
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Wood, pigment, vegetable fiber, metal, beads and cowrie shells
Damage to back; cracking, scuffing and wear and tear.
About the Dan People
The Dan are known for their superb woodwork. Masks are the single most paramount form of artwork created by the Dan, creating a bridge between the supernatural and physical worlds.
Read more about the Dan here.
“Dan masks are characterized by a concave face, a pointed chin, a protruding mouth, an upturned nose, a high-domed forehead, and are often covered in a rich brown patina. Similar masks are found throughout the country, but regional stylistic variations occur. For example, northern face masks tend to have very fine features, a high-domed smooth forehead, eyes set in the middle of the face and a very smooth brown patina obtained by immersing the masks in a pool of mud. Southern masks, on the other hand, have protruding features and a rougher patina obtained by applying vegetal pigments.”